Demba Ba setting an example for Muslim Footballers

Demba Ba Praying

 

Demba Ba: “I do not like when I compare with Mario Balotelli, before everything … I do not smoke and drink alcool, and I pray 5 times each day in the mosque”

 

Alan Pardew said: ‘You have to respect that some players have a different religion to most of the footballers in this  country. We need different facilities for them. It’s important that whatever the religion, we take care of it and understand it.’

Dedicated prayer rooms are not new in English football although they are few and far between, and the Premier League’s first multi-faith prayer room inside a stadium was unveiled only four years ago at Blackburn. That was as much in response to the multicultural make-up of the local population as to the demand from players. Bolton also have a prayer room, as do Manchester City who have four practising Muslims in their first-team squad — Yaya and Kolo Toure, Edin Dzeko and Samir Nasri.

Other Premier League stars sharing their faith include Ali Al-Habsi of Wigan, Arsenal’s Marouane Chamakh, Salomon Kalou of Chelsea and Stoke’s Mamady Sidibe, while others have Muslim family members. Arsenal’s Robin van Persie, for example, is married to a Muslim of Moroccan heritage, Bouchra Elbali.

[Excerpt from daily mail]


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